Arthur Hurst, Private 53706, 2nd Bn. Manchester Regiment
Died 19th August 1918 in France, aged 24
Son of George and Mary E Hurst, of 2 Daintry Street, Macclesfield.
The death of Private Hurst was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 6 September 1918:
Mr and Mrs G Hurst, 64 Peel St, Macclesfield, have been notified that their son, Pte Arthur Hurst, Manchester Regt, was killed on August 19th. Pte Hurst, who was 24 years of age, enlisted in February 1917 and in less than a month was out in France with a Labour battalion. Later he was attached to the Manchester Regt. He was wounded in the foot on March 1918, and on recovery again went into the line. Pte Hurst was educated at St George’s School and attended the Sunday School and Church. Prior to enlistment he was employed by the Macclesfield Equitable Co-operative Society, Ltd. A brother, Pte W Hurst, is serving with the R.E. in England.
The following week, the Macclesfield Times printed a report of the memorial service for Arthur Hurst:
MEMORIAL SERVICE – A memorial service was held in the Spiritualist Free Church, Cumberland Street, Macclesfield on Wednesday to Pte Arthur Hurst, 22nd Manchesters, who fell in action on August 19th. The church was well filled by relatives and friends, the congregation including Mr and Mrs Hurst (father and mother), Mrs Millward (sister), Sapper Wilfred Hurst, R.E. (brother) and Mrs W Hurst, and Miss Alice Hudson (fiance). The Co-operative Society, by whom the deceased had been employed for the last 12 years, was also represented….
Private Arthur Hurst is buried at Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, France, in grave ref. V. E. 7. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Arthur Hurst, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Private Arthur Hurst is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church, St George’s Church and the Spiritualist Church war memorials. There is also a memorial plaque dedicated to Arthur Hurst in the Spiritualist Church.